Jeff Korbelik: News on Tallan, Flowers and Stevens

2012-12-16T23:15:00Z Jeff Korbelik: News on Tallan, Flowers and StevensBy JEFF KORBELIK / Column JournalStar.com

Erika Tallan won’t have much time between jobs.

Her last day at Lincoln CBS affiliate KOLN/KGIN-TV was Friday. She starts her new job as a morning reporter Monday at KCTV, a CBS affiliate in Kansas City, Mo.

Tallan announced Nov. 16 she was leaving KOLN for a new position in Kansas City, but couldn’t say where she landed until details were finalized. She left to join her boyfriend who attends medical school in Kansas City.

Tallan joined KOLN, owned by Atlanta-based Gray Television, Inc., in December 2008 as a producer/reporter and was promoted to morning anchor in September 2010, working with Chad Silber and meteorologist Brad Anderson.

She stepped away from the anchor desk a month ago, making way for Melanie Bloom, and worked as a reporter until Friday.

Kansas City is the nation’s 31st largest TV market, according to Nielsen, a media research company. Lincoln is No. 105.

Around the dial

* Since I focus on the Lincoln media market, I don’t do much on Omaha TV and radio unless something big happens, such as veteran WOWT chief meteorologist Jim Flowers' recent disappearance from the air. WOWT also is owned by Gray Television.

Social media has been buzzing with reports of his contract expiring and of his being escorted from the building. His blog and Facebook accounts have been silent for more than two weeks.

The station has answered viewers’ inquiries on Facebook and Twitter with “Jim Flowers is on vacation for the holidays,” but didn’t say when he will return.

A phone message left for WOWT news director Amy Adams Friday wasn’t returned, but businesses rarely comment on personnel decisions. We’ll know eventually. My guess is he’s in a contract negotiation.

Flowers has been at WOWT since 1992 and in the Omaha market since 1982.

* Longtime sports broadcaster Chuck Stevens’ last day at KFOR is Friday. He’s retiring after 50-plus years in the business. I’m hoping to sit down with Stevens this week to talk about his career, especially his love for broadcasting high school football and basketball games.

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